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Cynthia Klima

Associate Professor of German
Welles 206C
Portrait of Cynthia Klima

Cynthia Klima has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1993.

Office Hours: Spring 2022

Tuesdays 4:15 - 5:15 pm (office 206)
Wednesday 10:00am-11:00am - Zoom
Thursday 4:15 - 5:15 pm
(And by appointment)

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., German, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995

  • M.A., German, University of Oklahoma, 1986

  • B.A., Russian, University of Oklahoma, 1983

More About Me

Research Interests

Her interests lie in German-Czech-Jewish relations, political relations in Europe, cultural history of Central Europe, Russian literature and cultural history, and the Germans and Jews of Prague. She has written numerous articles on Jewish contribution to culture in Central Europe, historical articles and book reviews on German, Czech, Russian and Jewish themes. Her translation of Paul Leppin's Blaugast: A Novel of Decline was published in November 2007 by Twisted Spoon Press in Prague, Czech Republic. In addition, Dr. Klima is involved with Humanities/Central European Studies and Summer Study Abroad to Prague, Czech Republic. She is the coordinator for both the German minor and Central and Eastern European Studies minor.

Other Interests

  • Study abroad in Prague/Vienna/Budapest
  • Yoga and pilates
  • Central European literature and culture
  • Sewing, crochet and embroidery
  • Traveling


  • GERM 301: Written Expression

    This course offers practice in expository writing with emphasis on clarity, structure and idiomatic expression, focusing on a variety of topical and practical issues. Students are introduced to practical applications and provided a review of selected grammar topics. This course must be taken in residence.

  • RUSS 205: Russian for Reading Knowledge

    The course will prepare students for research in the Russian language and/or the workplace where a reading knowledge of Russian could be a vital addition to the student's skill set. Students will learn to write and read the Russian language, both print and handwritten, and work with various types of readings (scientific, literary, political, philosophical, historical). The course cannot replace the 201/L language requirement and is not available to students who have taken previous Russian language courses, are native or near-native speakers of Russian, or who have knowledge of any other Cyrillic-based language. Due to the focus on training for students unfamiliar with the Cyrillic alphabet and the Russian language in general, the course will cap at 15.